As your forum becomes more popular, it is important to ensure it is well moderated. At first, this can easily be done just by yourself. However, as your community grows you will find it increasingly difficult to effectively moderate your forum alone.
As you come across other forums you will notice that many have a number of moderators. You may wonder where the site owner finds these people, or why people even want to become moderators in the first place.
I always advise you to approach the users who appear to be committed members and post a high number of quality posts. Approaching them can be as simple as simply private messaging them, asking them to become a moderator. Make it clear why you are choosing them and clearly define their role. Something similar to this may be useful:
I am dropping you this message as I have really enjoyed reading your posts of late, and admire your commitment to the site. I really value you as a community member of this site, and would love to have you on board as a forum moderator. A forum moderator’s role is to make all the users feel welcome, encourage interaction between members and delete or move inappropriate posts and threads.
If you would like to discuss this some more, please get in touch!
By approaching the member in this way, you are showing them just how much you value them as a part of your community and are not applying excessive pressure on them to become a moderator. It is no good ‘forcing’ a member to become a moderator; they will not have the motivation or desire to do an effective job.
You may ask yourself why someone would want to become a forum moderator, especially as most positions are unpaid. Most forum moderators do the job because they truly like the community and want to see it develop. Their reward is in having a direct involvement with the success and future direction of the community. Your reward is having a member who is even more committed to your community as opposed to the competition, and having an extra set of eyes to watch over your forum and help it develop.